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Celestial Events at the Cosmic Campground

Contents

  1. 1 About this Calendar
  2. 2 Viewing tips
  3. 3 New Moon January 5, 2019 Saturday
    1. 3.1 January 1-5, 2019 Quadrantid Meteor Shower
    2. 3.2 Cosmic Campground Weekend January 4,5,6, 2019
    3. 3.3 January 20-21, 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse
  4. 4 New Moon February 4, 2019 Monday
    1. 4.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend February 1,2,3, 2019
  5. 5 New Moon March 6, 2019 Wednesday
    1. 5.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend March 1,2,3, 2019
  6. 6 New Moon April 5, 2019 Friday 
    1. 6.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend April 5,6,7, 2019
    2. 6.2 April 16 to April 25, 2019 Lyrid Meteor Shower
  7. 7 New Moon May 4, 2019 Saturday
    1. 7.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend May 3,4,5, 2019
  8. 8 New Moon June 3, 2019 Monday
    1. 8.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend June 1,2, 2019
  9. 9 New Moon July 2, 2019 Tuesday
    1. 9.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend June 28,29,30, 2019
    2. 9.2 July 11 to August 10, 2019 Alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower
    3. 9.3 Cosmic Campground Weekend August 2,3,4, 2019
    4. 9.4 August 11,12, 13, 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower
  10. 10 New Moon August 30, 2019 Friday
    1. 10.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend August 30,31, 2019
  11. 11 New Moon September 28, 2019 Saturday
    1. 11.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend September 27,28,29, 2019
    2. 11.2 October 21, 2019  Orionid Meteor Shower
    3. 11.3 Cosmic Campground Weekend October 25,26,27, 2019
    4. 11.4 October 28-29, 2019  Southern Taurid Meteor Shower
    5. 11.5 November 17-18, 2019 Leonid Meteor Shower
  12. 12 New Moon November 26, 2019 Tuesday
    1. 12.1 Cosmic Campground Weekend November 22,23,24, 2019
    2. 12.2 December 13,14, 2019  Geminid Meteor Shower
  13. 13 New Moon December 25, 2019 Wednesday
    1. 13.1 December 21-22, 2019  Ursid Meteor Shower
    2. 13.2 Cosmic Campground Weekend December 27,28,29, 2019

About this Calendar

The natural night sky schedules events each month which are best viewed near new Moon. You don’t need any special equipment to witness many of them.This is the whole point of the Cosmic Campground and the International Dark Sky Association. 

The Cosmic Campground weekends are designated to answer the many questions about when is the best time to visit the Cosmic Campground. They are opportunities to meet other like minded people and perhaps to look through their telescopes.

If you bring binoculars or a small telescope it adds to the experience.  

If you have never witnessed the Milky Way rising over the Gila Wilderness it is hard to describe the panorama and feeling it brings. Try it.  The Cosmic Campground is nature’s IMAX theater in the round.

Walking about easily by star light is an experience.

Another series of nature's events are meteor showers.  They are truly spectacular and awe inspiring.

The zodiacal light is never seen by most people.  It is a pyramid of light in the west near the equinoxes.

To see bright stars rise and set is part of the natural environment.

The Gemini Meteor shower will peak December 13-14, 2018.

The list goes on.   

Sky Weather

Viewing tips

The sky is best viewed when the Moon is not in the sky.
This happens in the early evening approximately from 
6 days before till 2 days After New Moon
Top tips for binocular stargazing

Milky Way Rising Over The Gila Wilderness Is Truly Awesome

Image Credit: David Thornburg

New Moon January 5, 2019 Saturday

January 1-5, 2019 Quadrantid Meteor Shower

Peak night
Jan  3-4 2019
QuadrantidsActive from January 1st to January 10th , 2019 

The Quadrantids have the potential to be the strongest shower of the year but usually fall short due to the short length of maximum activity (6 hours) and the poor weather experienced during early January. The average hourly rates one can expect under dark skies is 25. These meteors usually lack persistent trains but often produce bright fireballs. Due to the high northerly declination (celestial latitude) these meteors are not well seen from the southern hemisphere.

Radiant: 15:18 +49.5° - ZHR: 120 - Velocity: 26 miles/sec (medium - 42.2km/sec) - Parent Object: 2003 EH (Asteroid)

Source American Meteor Society

Cosmic Campground Weekend January 4,5,6, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

January 20-21, 2019 Total Lunar Eclipse





New Moon February 4, 2019 Monday

Cosmic Campground Weekend February 1,2,3, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.


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New Moon March 6, 2019 Wednesday

Cosmic Campground Weekend March 1,2,3, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.


New Moon April 5, 2019 Friday 

Cosmic Campground Weekend April 5,6,7, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

April 16 to April 25, 2019 Lyrid Meteor Shower


Peak night
Apr  21-22 2019
LyridsActive from April 16th to April 25th , 2019 

The Lyrids are a medium strength shower that usually produces good rates for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors also usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn. Activity from this shower can be seen from the southern hemisphere, but at a lower rate.

Radiant: 18:04 +34° - ZHR: 18 - Velocity: 30 miles/sec (medium - 48.4km/sec) - Parent Object: C/1861 G1 (Thatcher)

Source American Meteor Society



New Moon May 4, 2019 Saturday


Cosmic Campground Weekend May 3,4,5, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

May 5-6, 6-7, 2019  Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
Peak night
May  6-7 2019
Eta AquariidsActive from April 19th to May 26th , 2019 

The Eta Aquariids are a strong shower when viewed from the southern tropics. From the equator northward, they usually only produce medium rates of 10-30 per hour just before dawn. From the equator to 25S they can produce rates of 40-60 per hour just before dawn at maximum. The longer nights in the southern hemisphere allows the radiant to rise higher in their sky. South of 25S the radiant altitude actually decreases. Activity is good for a week centered the night of maximum activity. These are swift meteors that produce a high percentage of persistent trains, but few fireballs.

Radiant: 22:32 -1° - ZHR: 55 - Velocity: 42 miles/sec (swift - 66.9km/sec) - Parent Object:1P/Halley


Source American Meteor Society



New Moon June 3, 2019 Monday

Cosmic Campground Weekend June 1,2, 2019


Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.


New Moon July 2, 2019 Tuesday

Cosmic Campground Weekend June 28,29,30, 2019


Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

July 11 to August 10, 2019 Alpha Capricornid Meteor Shower

Peak night
Jul  26-27 2019
Alpha CapricornidsActive from July 11th to August 10th , 2019 

The Alpha Capricornids are active from July 11 through August with a "plateau-like" maximum centered on July 29. This shower is not very strong and rarely produces in excess of five shower members per hour. What is notable about this shower is the number of bright fireballs produced during its activity period. This shower is seen equally well on either side of the equator.

Radiant: 20:28 -10.2° - ZHR: 5 - Velocity: 15 miles/sec (slow - 24km/sec) - Parent Object:169P/NEAT

Source American Meteor Society


July 29-30, 2019 Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower
Peak night
Jul  29-30 2019
Southern Delta AquariidsActive from July 21st to August 23rd , 2019 

The Delta Aquariids are another strong shower best seen from the southern tropics. North of the equator the radiant is located lower in the southern sky and therefore rates are less than seen from further south. These meteors produce good rates for a week centered on the night of maximum. These are usually faint meteors that lack both persistent trains and fireballs.

Radiant: 22:40 -16.4° - ZHR: 16 - Velocity: 26 miles/sec (medium - 42km/sec) - Parent Object: 96P/Machholz?

Source American Meteor Society




New Moon July 31, 2019 Wednesday

Cosmic Campground Weekend August 2,3,4, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

August 11,12, 13, 2019 Perseid Meteor Shower

Peak night
Aug  11-12 2019
PerseidsActive from July 13th to August 26th , 2019 

The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the northern hemisphere. The Perseids are active from July 13 to August 26. They reach a strong maximum on August 12 or 13, depending on the year. Normal rates seen from rural locations range from 50-75 shower members per hour at maximum.The Persesids are particles released from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle during its numerous returns to the inner solar system. They are called Perseids since the radiant (the area of the sky where the meteors seem to originate) is located near the prominent constellation of Perseus the hero when at maximum activity.

Radiant: 03:12 +57.6° - ZHR: 100 - Velocity: 37 miles/sec (swift - 60km/sec) - Parent Object:109P/Swift-Tuttle

Source American Meteor Society


New Moon August 30, 2019 Friday

Cosmic Campground Weekend August 30,31, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.



New Moon September 28, 2019 Saturday

Cosmic Campground Weekend September 27,28,29, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.


October 21, 2019  Orionid Meteor Shower

Peak night
Oct  21-22 2019
OrionidsActive from September 23rd to November 27th , 2019 

The Orionids are a medium strength shower that sometimes reaches high strength activity. In a normal year the Orionids produce 20-25 shower members at maximum. In exceptional years, such as 2006-2009, the peak rates were on par with the Perseids (50-75 per hour). At this time we are unable to predict exactly when the Orionids will be exceptional but there are theories that there may be a 12 year period in this cycle.

Radiant: 06:20 +15.5° - ZHR: 25 - Velocity: 41 miles/sec (swift - 67km/sec) - Parent Object:1P/Halley


Source American Meteor Society

New Moon October 27, 2019 Sunday

Cosmic Campground Weekend October 25,26,27, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.

October 28-29, 2019  Southern Taurid Meteor Shower

Peak night
Oct  28-29 2019
Southern TauridsActive from September 23rd to November 19th , 2019 

The Southern Taurids are a long-lasting shower with several minor peaks in October and November. The shower is active for two months but rarely produces more than five shower members per hour, even at maximum activity. The Taurids (both branches) are most notable for colorful fireballs and are often responsible for an increased number of fireball reports from September through November.

Radiant: 03:12 +12.8° - ZHR: 5 - Velocity: 17 miles/sec (slow - 27km/sec) - Parent Object:2P/Encke

Source American Meteor Society

November 17-18, 2019 Leonid Meteor Shower

Peak night
Nov  17-18 2019
LeonidsActive from November 5th to November 30th , 2019 

The Leonids are best known for producing great meteor storms in the years of 1833, 1866, 1966, and 2001. These outbursts of meteor activity are best seen when the parent object, comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, is near perihelion (closest approach to the sun). Yet it is not the fresh material we see from the comet, but rather debris from earlier returns that also happen to be most dense at the same time. Unfortunately it appears that the earth will not encounter any dense clouds of debris until 2099. Therefore when the comet returns in 2031 and 2064, there will be no meteor storms, but perhaps several good displays of Leonid activity when rates are in excess of 100 per hour. The best we can hope for now until the year 2030 is peaks of around 15 shower members per hour and perhaps an occasional weak outburst when the earth passes near a debris trail. The Leonids are often bright meteors with a high percentage of persistent trains.

Radiant: 10:08 +21.6° - ZHR: 15 - Velocity: 44 miles/sec (swift - 71km/sec) - Parent Object:55P/Tempel-Tuttle

Source American Meteor Society



New Moon November 26, 2019 Tuesday

Cosmic Campground Weekend November 22,23,24, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.


December 13,14, 2019  Geminid Meteor Shower

Peak night
Dec  13-14 2018
GeminidsActive from December 4th to December 16th , 2018 

The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13 and 14 on their calendars. This is the one major shower that provides good activity prior to midnight as the constellation of Gemini is well placed from 10pm onward. The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored. Due to their medium-slow velocity, persistent trains are not usually seen. These meteors are also seen in the southern hemisphere, but only during the middle of the night and at a reduced rate.

Radiant: 07:28 +32.2° - ZHR: 120 - Velocity: 22 miles/sec (medium - 35km/sec) - Parent Object: 3200 Phaethon (asteroid)

Source American Meteor Society

New Moon December 25, 2019 Wednesday

December 21-22, 2019  Ursid Meteor Shower


Peak night
Dec  21-22 2018
UrsidsActive from December 17th to December 23rd , 2018 

The Ursids are often neglected due to the fact it peaks just before Christmas and the rates are much less than the Geminds, which peaks just a week before the Ursids. Observers will normally see 5-10 Ursids per hour during the late morning hours on the date of maximum activity. There have been occasional outbursts when rates have exceeded 25 per hour. These outbursts appear unrelated to the perihelion dates of comet 8P/Tuttle. This shower is strictly a northern hemisphere event as the radiant fails to clear the horizon or does so simultaneously with the start of morning twilight as seen from the southern tropics.

Radiant: 14:28 +74.8° - ZHR: 10 - Velocity: 20 miles/sec (medium - 32km/sec) - Parent Object: 8P/Tuttle

                     Source American Meteor Society

Cosmic Campground Weekend December 27,28,29, 2019

Bring a friend, red filtered flashlight, very warm clothes, lawn chair, 
and telescope and binoculars if you have them. Make new friends
and enjoy the wonders of the night sky.






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